I stayed at a resort recently for non-vacation purposes. I checked out and everything was fine and all…but then I noticed a charge from the resort for $6.46 after the charges upon checking out. Checkout was supposed to be the full final charges and I’d left the property immediately afterward, so I called them. I was kind of worried they kept the card number and it had gotten compromised. Turned out it was for a mini bar charge. I hadn’t used the mini bar and they issued me a credit when I told them that. All good, right?
Well, I realized that I’d just spent ten minutes on the phone to dispute a $6.46 charge, and more than an hour worrying about it before I could call them. That’s still money, but it wasn’t a very economically efficient use of my time. The worry about a compromised card was bigger, but spending that much time and worry to eventually reclaim $6.46 wasn’t that good an investment. I would have gotten more spending the same time and effort at work.
However, it was the principle of the thing. Principles are often not economically worthwhile. More importantly though…what the hell in the mini bar only cost $6.46?! I should have really asked, and I forgot. They had small bottles of water in the room that cost $10 each. If water cost $10, the liquor certainly couldn’t have been cheaper. I doubt any chips or packages of mixed nuts would have been either.
If a 12 ounce bottle of water cost $10, what did they have in there that only cost $6.46?!